Samuel Adams Honey Porter | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Ratings: 914 |  Reviews: 635
Reviews by Buggies:
Photo of Buggies
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a solid black, but it shows a little red coming through when held to the light. I couldn't really get but good smells other than like a malty caramel with a hint of smokiness.

Taste was kinda interesting. Very sweet and malty with a little caramel coming through. I don't really taste the honey though. Very little bitterness, and it is sweet the whole way through.

This is a nice porter. Nicer than most others I have tried.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first chance to try this beer,poured into my Red Oak pint glass a deep dark brown with some ruby-like hue when held up to the light a large fluffy 2 finger almond colored head atop that left multiple sheets of lace behind as it settles into a creamy mass.Rather light aromas some roastiness bitter chocolate and the heather honey lingers nicely,a tad thin and fizzy in the mouth but not distracting.Flavors start out mild but become fuller as it warms a bit lightly sweet and definantly roasty a real honey flavor profile shows in the appetizing finish finish .Not the most complex porter on earth but its drinkable and just sweet enough,I like it.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with an ecru and creamy head,
leaves a good lace throughout.

S: Nice malt / honey aroma, honey is distinct

T: Good macro, sweet and malty with the hints of
honey more apparent than I expected. Some
metalic aftertaste though.

M: Nice body, not syrupy despite the sweetness.

D: Good drinkability, the honey flavors grow as
you sip and doesn't leave you with a heavy
feel inspite of the sugar. Moderate ABV
allows for optimal consumption.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle producing a nice light brown head with about average retention. The aromas coming off from this were rather an enjoyable mix of complex malts and chocolate. The taste was enjoyable with abundant carbonation and what seemed like a relatively complex woody-caramel-bitter chocolate flavor with some residual sweetness. Nice usage of hops tends to balance most of this out leaving just a hint of sweetness behind on the finish.

The deeper into the glass I got, the more I seemed to be able to appreciate the complexity, especially in the finish. It was sort of a quick finish but had just a small amount of sweetness that lingered well. Highly enjoyable, in fact, after I took down my notes I enjoyed a couple more. :-)

Recommended to the porter/stout crowd.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007

Resurrected as part of the Samuel Adams Brewmaster's Collection, this is a nice twist on the somewhat elusive Porter style, and it employs Scottish heather honey for a unique flavor profile. Let's explore.

Rich, dark brown with faint, shimmering ruby hues around the edges. A fluffy, creamy, sticky, tan head laces the top. Clean, malted aroma, with soft floral notes, raw honey, a touch of roastiness, and molasses in the background. Smooth-ish mouth- feel upfront, broken by a lively carbonation. Citric hops smack within, with some near-lime and rind characteristics. Malty base is not overly sweet. Robust and moderately roasted with a semi-acrid, mild, coffee-bean finish. Honey notes are woven throughout the entire experience, dominating at times, but not overpow- ering. Some dry, dark chocolate and molasses lurk in the complexities. Bone-dry, leafy, powdery finish.

Nice to have this one back. For paring, chocolates would be easy, so we recom- mend taking a risk and enjoying this one with some Mexican food. We think you'll find the match to be perfect, especially with spicier dishes or mole sauces.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bown bottle, notch denotes best before Jun 2000.

Appearance: Deep, rich dark brown in colour with a patchy foam tan head with nice stick and retention.

Smell: Soft smoke, roasted, caramel, chocolate, faint alcohol, raw honey and grain aromas.

Taste: Extremely smooth, even and medium-bodied. Nice malty depth and body with a semi-astringent roasted character, smoke, raisin, chocolate and buttery caramel flavours that join a quick hoppy bite with hop leaf feel. There's a thin layer of honey flavour, especially in the back of the palate, that creates a tasty lace of mild sweetness. The raisin and caramel flow into the finish, along with some lingering smoke. There is a wee bit of oxidation, but it's expected at this point and is hardly perceived.

Notes: Sadly this beer was discontinued by Sam Adams years ago. But, umm, okay, so this beer is 2 years old? It's true, I've been sitting on it for a while now, and to my surprise it has held up amazingly well! I kept it at a consistent 45F in my 2nd fridge, and prayed to Ninkasi every day -- must have worked.

SA Honey Porter was one of those Porters that got me into Porters. It was just solid, and very enjoyable. I truly miss this beer, and thought it to be one of Boston Beer Co.'s finest products ... to be able to sample this after it's death is a grand thing. I think I need some "Todd" time for a bit ...

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Photo of 40451
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Scribbles
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent dark brown colour when poured and fairly dark in the glass. A two finger head that subsided a bit but then just stayed there.

Smell: It smells quite sweet like honey and dark bread.

Taste: Roasted malts and honey, hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, but there is a fair amount of carbonation which offsets the smoothness a bit.

Drinkability: A decent beer overall, great with strong flavoured fall foods. Definitely worth a try. I think drinkability improves a bit with this one if its not terribly cold, better at a cellar type cool than a refrigerator type cold. Also smoothness and drinkability increases if given a couple of minutes in the glass to release some of the carbonation imho. A good beer, and hey you can't go wrong with a Sam.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with ruby hues when held to light. Excellent tan head that sticks to the glass. Really nice.
Smells of raosty maltiness, hop spice, etc..Taste is a little roasty, dark fruits, hop spice in finish, can destect alcohol.
Mouthfeel is velvety, rolls around in your mouth, perfect carbonation. Immensely drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sample from the "Beer Lover's Choice" vote. 12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

A- Dark brown with ruby highlights, great head retention as the lace leave a spiderweb-like trail down the glass.

S- Slight roasted malt, raw honey comb. Caramelized / burnt sugar.

T&M- Raw honey all throughout ... almost too much of a honey character. Full bodied and very smooth, lush mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavor and mild on the hops, barely enough bitterness to balance. Finishes very sweet.

D- Not bad but not the Honey Porter I remember ... I am sure my tastes have changed but this one comes off a bit too sweet.

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Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown, medium one centimeter head

Smell: little expresso, light honey

Taste: burnt coffee start followed by a toated malt middle, and a sweet toffee finish-complex and great

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, with a sweet finish

Drinkability: Now one of my favorite Sam Adams brews...Another, if it were a bit lower ABV, I could session. A very welcome surprise but a wonderful brew

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Byeast
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark , semi-clear brown , with a rocky tan head that left lots of sticky lacing on my pint. Aromas are roasty , burnt sugar , definate honey scent , and some sweet malt. Taste is smooth and roasty , with sweet honey throughout , just a little bit of bitter and lightly spicy hop in there. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall a very tasty porter with a good twist. The honey is definately noticeable , and makes the brew on the sweet side for the style. Once again BBC does not dissapoint.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Hugh37
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Deep ruby red,brownish hue,clear lets light pass. 3 to 4" thick off-white towards tan head. Good retention with spotty,clumpy semi-curtians of lace.

Moderate malty aromas chocolate,carmell,slight burnt aromas.Subtle sweet honey aromas. A good tempting aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and carmell,some burnt tastes also. Woody/earthy with a hint of molassass. A slightly sharp pleasing bitterness. Subtle honey tastes throughout,leaves a nice taste of honey lingering on the palate.

A medium mouthfeel,creamy,feel very light floating around in the mouth.
Easy drinking,could drink several of these and would love to drink more.
A bit filling,but drinkable,neverless. A good solid beer,one to give a try.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this on tap this past weekend at the Magic City Brewfest. This was one of the offerings that really stood out. A good looking beer; nice taupe, creamy head, with good head retention sitting atop a mahogany-colored brew. Aroma brought forth hints of malt sweetness, toasted barley, and maybe a hint of cocoa. Great tasting beer as well, with notes of sweetness, and just a glancing of dry, honey sweetness at the back of the throat. Overall, this is a really good beer. Must have tried 50 different beers that day, but this one really stood out.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany, not quite opaque, with ochre highlights around the edges. A half inch of bumpy frothy foam sits atop and lingers long. The foam leaves sticky rings and winding legs rising up the glass as I sip.

Light smell of chalky cocoa, a bit of hops, some faint malt.

Flavors of sweet malt, cocoa and some smokey charred wood. The honey is understated, I might not be able to pick it out if I wasn't looking for it. Raisins and plums linger in the aftertaste.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, a little chalky and tannic, not overly carbed. Pretty drinkable, but not overly complex.

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Photo of kpantz
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: The first porter I tried from SA was the Holiday Porter, and boy, did I love that one. The Honey Porter, however, doesn't serve to repeat the success on my palate. A confused attempt to me. Not undrinkable, but there are better porters on which I can spend my money.

Appearance: Clear, deep ruby red with a foamy, finger-thick khaki-colored head.

Smell: Deep, sweet malt, but not roasted at all - almost smells more like a doppelbock instead of a porter.

Taste: Roasted malt to start, but quickly takes on an awkward brightness and sweetness no doubt contributed by the honey. I can't really tell what this beer is trying to be.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for a porter. Chewy, but not so much as to interfere with the lighter character that, to me, helps to separate even the heftiest porters from stouts.

Drinkability: I'm just not wowed enough to go back to the well. If you like the flavor, you'd be able to down a few of these without getting bogged down.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This medium-bodied beer pours black with chocolate brown highlights. Small mocha colored head. No lacing; very little retention.

Smells strongly of coffee (and not much else), which carries through to the taste and in fact dominates it. Burnt/roasted qualities also make significant contributions to the flavor of the beer. Further in the background, smoke, honey, vanilla, and chocolate. It's mostly coffee-bitter, but there is a sweet edge from the honey. Pretty tasty porter. I wouldn't mind having a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of doremite
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of monkeybeer
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very Dark brown almost clack with a tan head and sticky lacing

S-Sweet honey with malt

T/M – roasted coffee with a sweet honey taste, slightly bitter at the end.

D- Not a bad porter for it being a Sam Adams. I am not a did fan of the brand itself but I have had better beers from them. I have also had some better porters. All in all it is not great but not bad either.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, a little more thin than your average porter I come across, tan head, 1". Aroma was roasted malt, no honey appreciable.

Taste, now the sweetness is more noticeable, hoping for a hop presence, didn't get what I wanted there. Just kind of a middle of the road beer. Would say it fits the English style, a little sweeter, thinner, less hoppy, sessionable in that the alcohol isn't strong. Better as it warms, mouthfeel allows what I suspect to be the honey to come out more and make the beer even smoother without going into 'too sweet' territory. Chocolate comes out in the smallest way.

A decent beer, hard to categorize for your American friends. Too dark for girls and BMC guys, too thin for your hophead/imperial everything crowd. A neat niche, but nothing spectacular.

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